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American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
      - [Philanthropy]

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
      - [Joy]

It as one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex, instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.
      - [Prosperity]

It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.
      - [Flowers]

It is a bitter thought to an avaricious spirit that by and by all these accumulations must be left behind. We can only carry away from this world the flavor of our good or evil deeds.
      - [Avarice]

It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it.
      - [Resignation]

It is a very good world for the purposes for which it was built; and that is all anything is good for.
      - [World]

It is a view of God that compensates every thing else, and enables the soul to rest in His bosom. How, when the child in the night screams with terror, hearing sounds that it knows not of, is that child comforted and put to rest? Is it by a philosophical explanation that the sounds were made by the rats in the partition? Is it by imparting entomological knowledge? No; it is by the mother taking the child in her lap, and singing sweetly to it, and rocking it. And the child thinks nothing of the explanation, but only of the mother.
      - [Trust]

It is not in the nature of true greatness to be exclusive and arrogant.
      - [Greatness]

It is not well for a man to pray, cream; and live skim milk.
      - [Living]

It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy, you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secretes acids, but love and trust are sweet juices.
      - [Anxiety : Labor]

It is one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.
      - [Avarice]

It is slow work to be born again.
      - [Conversion]

It is sometimes of God's mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane,--putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track.
      - [Disappointment]

It is the color which love wears, and cheerfulness, and joy--these three. It is the light in the window of the face by which the heart signifies to father, husband, or friend that it is at home and waiting.
      - [Smiles]

It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature.
      - [Art]

It was the German schoolhouse which destroyed Napoleon III. France, since then, is making monster cannon and drilling soldiers still, but she is also building schoolhouses. As long as war is possible, anything that makes better soldiers people want.
      - [Education]

It will not do to be saints at meeting and sinners everywhere else.
      - [Hypocrisy]

John Wesley quaintly observed that the road to heaven is a narrow path, not intended for wheels, and that to ride in a coach here and to go to heaven hereafter, was a happiness too much for man.
      - [Piety]

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine.
      - [Joy]

Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obeys them.
      - [Law]

Learning, to be of much use, must have a tendency to spread itself among the common people.
      - [Learning]

Let it ever be the most joyful and praiseful day of the seven.
      - [Sabbath]

Let parents who hate their offspring rear them to hate labor, and to inherit riches; and before long they will be stung by every vice, racked by its poison, and damned by its penalty.
      - [Occupations]

Let the day have a blessed baptism by giving your first waking thoughts into the bosom of God. The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
      - [Morning]

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